Golden gladiator gooses Grissom's gang

Cary Ashby
Mar 29, 2010

OK, that's not the most accurate headline in the world, but hopefully it got you reading this far … and besides my readers know I love alliteration. I did watch last week's "CSI," but honestly there's nothing to say except it was forgettable. (But if there was something lively there, post a comment by all means!)

 

Last night I didn't tape the show because I took the chance to watch "Iron Man" at a sneak preview at Premiere Theatres. (My review appeared in today's paper and go to ReflectorCam 2.0 on www.norwalkreflector.com to see footage of interviews I did with fans before the movie.)

 

I had a grand time watching "Iron Man." I've enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. in everything he's been in and this was no exception. He did a fine job pulling off Tony Stark: his arrogance ("That's not bad" to being called "the 'Merchant of Death'"), his passion for the bottle ("It would be irresponsible not to drink" when his best friend Rhodey is attempting to give him a tongue-lashing), the womanizing, even causing laugh-out loud moments to chastising one of his helper robots for using a fire extinguisher unnecessarily.

 

I could go on, but let's face it: Downey owned that role.

 

My only disappointment, and it's a mild one, was the final fight and length of the film itself.  Both were a tad too short.

 

I admit I wasn't crazy — or I thought director Jon Favreau was — about casting Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark's faithful assistant Pepper Potts. Paltrow's never been one of my favorite actresses and I thought she'd just mail in her performance to get some exposure and corresponding big paycheck in a Big Summer Flick.

 

But, I found Paltrow's Potts (ooh, more alliteration!) instantly likable. Yes — instantly!

 

In the comics, Potts has many more unrequited feelings for her boss; here it's a bit more "will they or won't they" with Stark expressing his dependence on her, but Downey and Paltrow have great chemistry.

 

And boy does Paltrow look smokin' in that backless dress. Best of all, though, Potts is never purely a damsel in distress. Horray for Favreau!

 

On the downside, even as much as there is of Terrence Howard as Col. Jim Rhodes, I wanted to see more of him. I wouldn't call Rhodey as one-dimensional as Variety says in its review. Favreau (who has several great cameos as Stark's driver/bodyguard) added some nice tension between the characters (Stark: "The humdrum humvee is back there"), but ultimately you see they are friends dedicated to looking after each other's back.

 

One more nice fanboy, non-spoiler touch before I sign off: How about Rhodey eyeing the Mach-2 Iron Man armor saying "Maybe next time, baby"? Yes, indeed! Love the foreshadowing. [Cue the KISS song "War Machine" …]

 

I'm beginning to babble. Last word: Go see "Iron Man." Come back here and let's yack about it.

Comments

FMT

Ok Cary,,, I have to say I didn't want to believe you that CSI could possibly have been that bad. Well, I took the time to watch it yesterday. Wow, what a waste of time. I have never had that show not keep my attention until then. That is ridiculous. Please, please don't let my baby be "jumping the shark". I couldn't take it!

Today I read in EW that Gary Dourdan is really leaving. I can't believe the trouble he is in. Coke, pot, X, scripts? What the hell is up with that. Talk about a good career going up in smoke. Sad.

FMT

I was happily surprised at my liking of "Iron Man". Sometimes that type of movie doesn't interest me but I found it very good. All the actors played their parts well. I agree with the chemistry with Downey and Paltrow. It was easy to see in the the attraction in their eyes. But they kept their distance for the most part, which left a little mystery for the next time.

I had read in EW about the surprise after the credits. The people left the theatre and I wanted to say "hey wait a minute, something interesting is going to happen after the credits". Well, I kept my mouth shut! All that was left in the end was my friends and one group. That ending scene was sweet and truly opened the door for the sequel. It reminded me of the Bourne series, as Jason went into the water. You know he was swimming right towards the next movie~~ even though he says NO. :)

Cary

FMT, so glad you enjoyed "Iron Man." Did you see it in Norwalk? How many people were there? There was a smattering of applause at the end of the sneak peek show.

And thanks for ruining the end of the Bourne series. Some of us haven't seen them all yet. ;)